NEW ZEALAND – Updates to Skill Shortage List

By Peregrine

Effective 27 May 2019, Immigration New Zealand will make minor changes to the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL).

New Regional Skill Shortage Lists (RSSLs) will also be introduced to replace the current Immediate Skill Shortage List. The RSSLs and the CISSL will be tailored to each of 15 New Zealand regions.

An employer in New Zealand wishing to hire a foreign national for a job which is on a skills shortage list does not need to meet the labour market testing requirement for the Essential Skills work visa application.

Action Items

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact their Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

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